Christopher Smith is a wildlife artist and freelance author from Suttons Bay, Michigan, where he lives with his wife, two teenagers, and two obnoxious Labs. He specializes in dogs and wildlife scenes for pet owners and wildlife lovers across the country.
Chris has illustrated more than two-dozen hunting and fishing books. For over twenty-five years, he has been a freelance author and illustrator for a variety of magazines such as The Retriever Journal, The Pointing Dog Journal, Just Labs, Duck Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, Ruffed Grouse Society, Upland Almanac, Michigan Blue, and the Record-Eagle Scene, as well as a columnist for the Record-Eagle newspaper, both based in Traverse City, Michigan. He is author and illustrator of Small Water Waterfolwing and Field Guide to Upland Bird and Waterfowl Identification, and co-author with brother Jason of Waterfowling Horizons.
Smith recently won his fifth Michigan State Duck Stamp contest with a pair of Canada geese in a September hunting scene that will appear on the 2020 stamp. In 2018, Smith’s entry of a pair of wigeon — the same image that appears on the cover of his latest book — placed first in the contest, and was also made into the first Michigan Governor's Edition, as well as being the first Michigan stamp to depict a dog. He also took first place in the 2016, 2014, and 2005 Michigan State Duck Stamp contests; second in 2013; and placed first in 2009 and 2014 for the Michigan Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Artist of the Year. Smith has also painted the 2013 and 2018 Ruffed Grouse Society Print of the Year, and made it to the final round of the 2019 Federal Duck Stamp Contest.
A graduate of Lake Superior State University in Salt Ste. Marie, MI, he holds a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management. Chris’ old Lab, Mabel, is teaching his new pup, Ruby, bad habits. Both will accompany him this fall when he conducts “field research.” At least that’s what he calls it — his very understanding wife knows otherwise.